Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Running Time: 139 minutes
Directed by: Mel Gibson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer
Hacksaw Ridge is a biographical war drama set during the Battle of Okinawa at World War II. It depicts the journey of an American combat medic, Desmond Doss (Garfield), a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian who refuse to carry or use a weapon of any kind. Doss becomes the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his service.
I have never really been a fan of war movies, but Hacksaw Ridge is a beautifully made film and a great character study type of movie. As Mel Gibson said, Doss’ story resembles that of a superhero’s, with the exception of tights. It is a moving, inspiring and captivating film from the very beginning till the rolling credits. Gibson has done a wonderful job with the direction of this film. His vision for this film is fearless, and with the accompaniment of Simon Duggan’s cinematography, the end result is visually gritty, scary, and beautiful film. Not forgetting, how epic Rupert Gregson-Williams’ score is to help elevate the entire film.
In addition, Garfield’s portrayal of Doss is superb from the very first scene of the film. He never fails to capture and hold the audience’s’ attention with a character that is filled with such conviction, courage, and vulnerability. His performance is supported by a great ensemble from Worthington as Captain Glover, Vince Vaughn as Sergeant Howell, Bracey as Smitty, and Hugo Weaving as Tom Doss. Hoping to see more of Vince Vaughn in such dramatic roles.
Overall, a gripping film, and an inspiring tale of a man who stands by his own values. It definitely leaves you wanting to strive to be a better person.
Rating: 8 out of 10